Friday News December 1, 2023

Dear St. Andrew Families,

 

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and a great week back. Our students are a continual reminder that we have so many blessings for which to be thankful. As we continue to give thanks to God, we thank Him for our Patron, Saint Andrew, whose Feast Day (November 30) we celebrated with Mass as a school community yesterday. Did you know that each year the Church decides the start of Advent (Sunday 12/02/23) based on the Sunday that is closest to Saint Andrew’s Feast day? Saint Andrew was the First Called, and we follow in his charism by doing our best to be a leader in Catholic education, as such please see some Saint Andrew School Facts below!

 

Saint Andrew Facts – Did you know?

  • We have 745 students.
    • 590 K-8 students 
      • Average of 20 students in a homeroom.
    • 155 Preschool
      • Average of 17 students in a homeroom.
    • An increase of 150 students over the last four school years.
  • We have 533 families.
  • We have almost 1,100 parents.
    • That is a lot of names to remember :0)
  • We have almost 100 staff members.
    • 47 Teachers
    • 15 Teacher Assistants
    • 9 Office Staff 
    • 3 Administrators
    • 1.5 IT/Technology Positions
    • 3 Maintenance/Custodial Positions
      • Evening contract custodians
    • 10 Recess/Lunch Aides
    • 5 CARES staff that only work in  the CARES program.
      • Additional 10 that work in at least another support role.
    •  And a family of substitute teachers

I am sure we missed something, but most importantly, we are still one family and an incredible community!! Thank you for all that you do for our school and community!
 

Eyeglass Collection Dec. 1-8

Used eyeglasses will be collected by Ryan L. who is working with the Lions Club to help the underprivileged receive the eyewear they nee

St. Andrew Girl Scouts Collection for Cradles to Crayons Philadelphia Now to 12/15

 

 

As Saint Andrew led his brother Peter to the Messiah, we continue to ask his intercession to help lead us to Christ. Have a great weekend and blessed start of Advent! We hope to see you tomorrow at our Christmas Festival! Saint Andrew pray for us!

 

School Information

  • Second Saint Andrew Night at Vince’s Pizzeria and Taproom in Newtown Wednesday 12/06 all day (4-8pm)
    • For the second time this fall, Vince’s is generously hosting a Saint Andrew Night in which 15% of all proceeds (dine-in and takeout) are donated back to the school with mention of Saint Andrew Catholic School.
  • Winter Weather and Recess: 
    • Recess is held outdoors almost every day even when it is cold. Generally, we look at the wind chill, and 28 degrees is our cut-off. It is important to let the children run and play. Please make sure your children are coming to school in a jacket when we have cold weather. If they do not have a jacket, they may not play outside, have to be monitored by a staff member, and may have little to no interaction with their peers during this time.

 

Repeat School Information

  • We are making some changes to our water bottle/container rules after Christmas and want to make you aware now. The reasons we need to implement some guidelines have to do with safety, classroom distractions, and damage to the school. We have had students accidentally hit with the containers, we are not sure what drinks are in the containers, they constantly fall and make loud/distracting noises, spilling water on the floor that becomes a slip hazard, and they have both dinged our flooring and stained our carpeting. Due to this, please see the guidelines below. Thank you for your understanding. 
  • A reminder that we are asking school families to sign up to volunteer as Mass greeters at all of our Saint Andrew Catholic Church Masses. There are opportunities at each Mass in November and December, and additional signups will be made available for future months. 
  • Order Your Yearbooks Now!
  • Click here to purchase a yearbook! 
  • All yearbooks MUST be purchased online. Orders will NOT be accepted after Thursday, February 29, 2024. 8th Grade students will be receiving one yearbook free of charge; no order necessary.
  • Preschoolers are pictured with their classmates in a class photo, but their individual pictures are not pictured in the yearbooks. 

 

After School Activities

    

Parish Events

  • Camp Damascus Summer 2024
    • Summer Catholic faith camp for rising 6-8th graders which the Archbishop is promoting and is reserved the week of June 30-July 5 for Archdiocese of Philadelphia students.  

 

The Week Ahead

  • Sunday, December 3
    • First Sunday of Advent
  • Monday, December 4
    • Santa Secret Shop
    • Report Cards on FACTS available at 4:00PM
  • Tuesday, December 5 
    • Santa Secret Shop
    • Picture Retakes
  • Wednesday, December 6
    • Santa Secret Shop
    • Picture Retakes
    • First National Bank of Newtown Open from 8:30-12PM
  • Thursday, December 7
    • Santa Secret Shop
  • Friday, December 8
    • Feast of the Immaculate Conception All School Liturgy 10AM Mass 
  • Saturday, December 9
    • Jingle Ball Dance for 7th & 8th Grade 7-10PM Cafeteria 


 

Community Events

*These are not Saint Andrew School Events and do not follow our clearance policy but generally are shared by parishioners or members of our community and may be something you are interested in for your children and/or family. 

Acting Naturally Winter 2024 Programming

  • Musical theatre workshops for boys and girls ages 8-18 at Acting Naturally Theatre in Langhorne, PA

 

Camp Invention

  • Camp Invention 2024 – Illuminate returns to Maureen M. Welch from 6/17/2024 to 6/21/2024. We’re proud to announce our perfect 100% rating in the National Inventors Hall of Fame parent survey, a testament to our dedicated teachers and counselors. This year’s program inspires curiosity and STEM skills through hands-on challenges and open-ended adventures. Use code GIFT35 for $35 off at invent.org/mylocalcamp. Questions? Contact Dr. Christine Marsden at cmarsden@crsd.org.
  • December at the Fab Lab
  • Nutritional Development Services Christmas Card Ordering Form

 

High School Info

Archbishop Wood High School Viking Scholarship Program

  • Scholarship application period: November 1, 2023 and January 12, 2024
  • Scholarships are available for incoming 9th graders and range from specific art scholarships to general scholarships. Students are welcome to apply for as many scholarships as they would like- as long as they fit the application criteria. 

 

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School

 

Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School – Important Fall 2023 Admissions Dates      

 

La Salle College High School

 

Martin Saints Classical High School (Oreland, PA)

 

St. Joseph’s Prep Admissions Events & Dates

SJP Fall Poster

  • 6th & 7th Grade “Sneak Peek” of St. Joseph’s Prep – Thurs, March 21, 2024
  • 6th & 7th Grade Scholarship Entrance Practice Exam – Sat, April 27, 2024 

For more information, please visit www.sjprep.org or click HERE